Indoor Air Quality
We would love it if our flooring took your breath away – but only figuratively. That’s why we work hard to ensure that our products meet rigorous Indoor Air Quality standards. The standards for carpet were initially established in 1993, and Mannington was one of the first mills to certify products. Today, we hold IAQ certification for all of our running line carpet products, most of our hard-surface products, and all of our commercial adhesives.
Different products are certified by different programs or organization; below are details about each of these programs.
With the advent of the California CHPS (Collaborate for High Performance Schools)
standards, CRI (The Carpet and Rug Institute) revised their Green Label IAQ standard to match the low-emitting materials criteria used for CHPS and added adhesives to the program.
This standard, Green Label Plus
, is the fourth revision in 16 years that enhances CRI's carpet testing standard, a measurement by which manufacturers continue to reduce product emissions.
GL+ is an independent testing program that meets and even exceeds the CHPS indoor environmental quality standards for low-emitting products used in commercial settings such as schools and office buildings. GL+ will be accepted in lieu of Section 01350, the CHPS low-emitting materials criteria for use in schools.
The more rigorous GL+ standard is a requirement for many projects and for the Environmental Quality Credit 4.3 in the USGBC's LEED building systems. All of our running-line carpet products and most of our custom products meet GL+.
FloorScore was developed by Scientific Certification Systems and the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI)
to certify and identify hard-surface flooring products that meet the CHPS 01350 IAQ standard
SCS and RFCI established the FloorScore program to provide third-party certification for hard-surface flooring products, and to provide a quick way to identify products that meet these standards.
Product testing is verified by SCS
. They examine all VOC emissions test reports by independent testing laboratories for compliance with FloorScore and CHPS 01350 requirements and conduct periodic manufacturing plant inspections to review product formulas, processing and quality control. Click here
to learn more about SCS standards.
The more rigorous FloorScore & CHPS 01350 standard is a requirement for many building projects and for the Environmental Quality Credit 4.3 in the USGBC's LEED building systems. This alternative credit is available in the LEED rating systems NC, CI, C&S, EB, Homes, Schools, & Healthcare (EQ 4). It is now standard in LEED v3-2009. For more information on LEED, visit usgbc.org
To view a list of Mannington products that are certified to the FloorScore program, click here